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  • ASIN: B002SUDKAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camping - the filthy truth exposed 20 Mar 2009
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There are two kinds of people who will enjoy this book; those who go camping and those who don't.
In many ways, you might say that Emma Kennedy is an ambassadeur for camping in the same way that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is for McDonalds, but it isn't as simple as that. The book is written from the perspective of a little girl who had no option but to be taken along on what she calls "her family's disastrous attempts to go camping in the 1970s". So it is about camping then, but it is also an acutely observed social commentary on life during the decade that some people would rather forget. If you think this is rather a precocious set of memoirs from a girl of about eight years old you would be right - partly, because Emma does pay tribute to her parents, who withstood endless hours of interrogation to fill in the missing details and to interpret certain events that must have been bewildering to a youngster of such tender years.
Be warned readers, for this is camping in the raw; be prepared for tales of epic struggles against the elements; for near-death experiences; for close encounters with unfeasibly large quantities of human body waste. Be prepared to laugh out aloud until your stomach ties itself in knots.
Let's be frank - taken at face value, this book might put prospective campers of a nervous disposition off the whole idea for life, but for those who have "been there and done that", this book will make them chuckle knowingly at all the tales of misery and misfortune, yet make them keener to get out there and do the whole thing all over again.
This is a book that you can dip in to, read a chapter and then return to another day, so ideal for holiday reading, or any other time come to that.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG Buy this now! 25 Mar 2009
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If I could have given this 10 stars - I would have done. The funniest thing I have read for years and all so familiar! I took it to the hairdressers to read when I was having my hair coloured and then sat and snorted and giggled for an hour. Eventually I had to tell everyone what I was reading and then ended up reading it out to roars of laughter from everyone in there! Sorry if that constitutes a public performance but a truly truly funny read - please go and buy it NOW! you will not be sorry! Poor Emma - all I can say is I hope her holidays have improved massively!
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 23 Mar 2009
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This book is brilliant. I enjoyed the first book, but this one is so much better it's like the author was only teasing. She brings the characters to life so vividly, and entertainingly, I was absorbed from the first page. Honestly, wander into a bookshop, pick it up, and try the first chapter. If you don't love it, well frankly you're not the person I thought you were, and I'm a little disappointed in you.

No caveats here - this is flipping excellent. Literally can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good laugh, but slightly unbelievable in parts 27 July 2009
By lizzie
Format:Paperback
I actually laughed out loud in parts over this book, which I've only ever done once before (Good Omens). That said, you have to get over the fact there is no real storyline, it is just holiday reminiscing from year to year which doesn't detract from it being a good read or good characters - you can so easily see and hear her relatives. It also makes it a good holiday read as you can pick it up and put it back down again. There were a few bits that didn't ring true - falling down a toilet in France when it's just a hole in the floor. In my experence these haven't been big enough to fall down.......but still a good laugh if you want a light-hearted holiday read while relaxing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the tent,the bucket and me 18 April 2009
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was great to read about the 70's, i was a child then as well. I still cant believe how much poo the author ended up in, her and her family had holidays from hell! Great laugh!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it but 29 July 2009
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For me this book bought back all my memories of holidays with my family in a caravan in France in the seventies. I did Townsend ferries, gas mantles and my sister used to check the toilets at every campsite and if they were not British we moved on!!I remember those terrible dark French motorway toilets with the big metal doors and never been able to find a light!! On the down side definitely too much poo, most people had toilet tents not buckets in the tent, and I do have to agree with other reviewers that there are many typo errors and the proofreader should have picked up the reference to the M25. The stories did get a little repetitive but if you were there, did camping, did France and owned a Land Rover you will love it.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's 'OK' 16 Mar 2011
By sanshe
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Bought this book following a recommendation from a friend. It's OK but a bit lightweight and it struggles to hold my attention. Probably ok if your stuck in a tent in the rain but otherwise there's too many other interesting books to read to waste time on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Think of the worst things that could happen on a camping holiday.....
...then put them in a book. Maybe these incidents should have been amusing but they weren't. These were the family's embroidered legends retold as though the author actually... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Hils T
5.0 out of 5 stars holidays as a kid
a great story. it reminds me somewhat of my camping holidays when I was of junior school age. it is well written and true to life, a great read, would recommend to anyone
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. A. P. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars A so-so read
This book raised the occasional smile and even the odd chuckle, but if it hadn't been a book club choice I probably wouldn't have finished it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Brianboru
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Loved it , what a great read ,very funny, but not for the people in the book, how can one family have so many bad holidays?. Read it you will love it.
Published 1 month ago by jaycee
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
This story had me in stitches. I read it on holiday and kept laughing as I was reading it. Maybe that's why people kept looking at me.
Published 1 month ago by K L Blair
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is so hilarious. It's not just 'laugh out loud' funny, it's 'tears rolling down the cheeks' funny. I have recommended it to everyone I possibly can
Published 1 month ago by J. Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillirious
If you have ever got forced to go camping with your family as a kid you will love it. Its about all the disasters that went wrong but you can't help but laugh at them now
Published 1 month ago by R C DUPE
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilair
You couldn't make this stuff up! It's an incredibly funny book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fun, care free read.
Published 2 months ago by Bullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good funny light heated read
Great read brought back great memories of the seventies. If you have ever camped with your f family it's a must read.i
Published 2 months ago by Tanya Geadah
3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read
As someone who's family holidays also consisted of camping in the 70s I found the book brought back lots of memories. It is all very believable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christopher
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